King Charles hosts private audience with Chief Rabbi to reassure British Jews

The King condemned the acts of terror by Hamas yesterday


His Majesty the King invited the Chief Rabbi to a private audience in order to express his care and concern for the Jewish community on Thursday afternoon. 

Supporting the Jewish community at a time of grief and anguish, the conversation between the King and Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis covered the horrors of recent events in Israel as well as ways to support interfaith harmony in Britain.

A statement posted on the Royal Family’s Twitter account said: “This afternoon, His Majesty The King received Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis for a private audience at Buckingham Palace to discuss ways to support interfaith harmony in the UK and the continued hope that a path to peace can be found internationally.”

The Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis said: “At a time when Jews around the world are grieving following the unspeakable evil perpetrated against loved ones in Israel, I want to thank His Majesty King Charles III for expressing in person his deep concern, and his support for the Jewish community. His words of comfort and solidarity give us strength at this dark time.”

Yesterday, the Royal Family issued condemnations of the Hamas atrocities. In a statement, a spokesman for the King said: “His Majesty is appalled by and condemns the barbaric acts of terrorism in Israel" adding, “His thoughts and prayers are with all of those suffering, particularly those who have lost loved ones, but also those actively involved as we speak,”

Echoing his father, Prince William also condemned the terrorist attacks, with a Kensignton Palace statement saying: "The Prince and Princess of Wales are profoundly distressed by the devastating events that have unfolded in the past days.

"The horrors inflicted by Hamas's terrorist attack upon Israel are appalling; they utterly condemn them."

They added that the couple was holding "all the victims, their families and their friends in their hearts and minds".

Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they "stand against all acts of terrorism and brutality", a statement on the couple's Archewell website said.

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